L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: 4,000 attend United Way book festival

WILMINGTON — Nearly 4,000 people gathered Sept. 16 at the Banning Residence Museum for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ seventh annual Fall Into Literacy Book Festival.

This year’s theme, “Viva Los Libros,” combined the cultural importance of Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of independence for Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua and promoted literacy, education, and basic-needs resources for residents and guests of the underserved community.

Festivalgoers interacted with more than 60 exhibitors including the Los Angeles Rams mascot and cheerleaders, listened to live readings from popular local authors, danced to musical performances and met popular children’s book characters Spot the Dog and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

More than 5,000 free books were given to guests.

Information on

homeless offered

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is holding a community information session to discuss the current state of homelessness. The session, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will take place Sept. 22, at the Council District 8 Constituent Service Center, 8475 Vermont Ave.

The session is geared toward families and individuals living in Service Planning Area 6, which covers much of South Los Angeles.

Information: contact Kenon Joseph, kjoseph@lahsa.org.

Eagle Wings to mark

32nd anniversary

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Eagle Wings of Enlightenment Center will celebrate its 32nd anniversary Sept. 26 at 6 p.m., at their center located at 1439 W. 99th St.

The center is dedicated to world peace, non-violence and uplifting consciousness. Its contributions to the community include providing counseling services to parents who have lost children to gang violence, teenagers who have gone astray in addition to conducting both a men’s and women’s circle, for spiritual enlightenment.

Over the years, the center has been recognized by former President Barack Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters, former Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa the Los Angeles Board of Education, and Councilman Bernard Parks.

Information: www.eaglewingsofenlightenment.org.

Southwest College

hosts Tommy the Clown

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Southwest College will host a 25-year celebration for Tommy the Clown and his distinguished service within the community from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 on campus, 1600 W. Imperial Highway.

Famous for creating the Krump, Battle Zone and Clown Dancing, Tommy and his T-Squad have performed for hundreds of thousands of people. Those attending will witness Tommy’s crew, the T-Squad, take on the Boom Squad with this head-to-head, intense high-energy aggressive dance battle.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door on a first come first basis. Information: (323) 750-5555.

Group, LAPD plan

Day of Remembrance

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Homicide Victims Organization and the Los Angeles Police Department Operation South Bureau will host a National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims Sept. 23 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature a five-kilometer run at 7600 S. Broadway followed by a festival that will start at noon at Harvard Park, 1535 W. 62nd St.

Information: (213) 268-5873.

Tariku Bogale

releases new book

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Filmmaker and author Tariku Bogale will host an invitation-only book release and VIP party for his newly published autobiography, “Unstoppable,” which chronicles his journey out of poverty, violence and discrimination to his business career in Switzerland, New York, Hollywood and beyond.

The event is set for Sept. 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 Sunset Blvd.

Information: (323) 842-6996.

Watts Towers presents

annual drum festival

WATTS — The Department of Cultural Affairs and Friends of Watts Towers Arts Centers Campus present the 36th annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival Sept. 30 followed by the 41st annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival Oct. 1.

Free parking and valet will be available along with food and arts and crafts vendors.

Activities and entertainment start at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively.

Information: (213) 847-4646.


groups to meet

CULVER CITY — The Self-Help and Recover Exchange will host their African American Self Improvement Group Sept. 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 6666 Green Valley Circle, in the Prosperity Room.

Information: (310) 488-7591.

And on Sept. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m., the same organization will hold a workshop on Self Care to Avoid Burnout for Professionals at the same location. Both series are a part of a bi-weekly alternating sessions that the group conducts each Saturday.

Library offers

many activities

HYDE PARK — The Hyde Park Branch Public Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave., has a number of events coming up to close out the month of September.

Their next Quilting Class and the Friends Book Club will take place Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friends of the library are having a used book sale Sept. 30 from 10 am. to 3 p.m. Hundreds of used books, audiobooks, and DVDs will be available at bargain prices!

On Sept. 26, the Department of Public Social Services will be there to sign people up for CalFresh (food stamps) and Medi-Cal from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Lastly, their monthly computer boot camp is Sept. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. This class entitles qualified low-income people to purchase a computer loaded with software and a 17-inch monitor for only $149 plus tax.

Information: (323) 750-7241.

Human relations panel

to conduct hearing

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission will focus on women of color and the LGBTQ community in their upcoming hearing that will take place Sept. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade Tech College’s Sage Cafeteria, 400 W. Washington Blvd.

The hearing is the sixth in a series of public hearings to assist the commission in strengthening trust between police and communities, and advancing positive intergroup relations through policing practices.

Information: (213) 738-2788.

College fund

plans annual walk

LEIMERT PARK — The United Negro College Fund will conduct its 34th annual Walk for Education Sept. 30.

More than 500 local leaders, community members, students and other UNCF supporters will walk to raise awareness and funds for UNCF.  The Walk for Education is a five-kilometer walk but also a family-friendly event that is full of entertainment, music, kids’ activities, vendor booths and much more.

The walk is the signature fundraising event of the UNCF Los Angeles office. Funds are used to held send students to college.

Information (213) 639-3800.

Compiled by Colin Washington.

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